Protesters urged to stay out of pipeline trenches

The Northern Lights Task Force has issued a release highlighting the dangers of trenches.

In recent weeks, protesters have entered the trench area of the Line 3 pipeline, causing potential dangers to the workers, the protesters and possible rescue personnel.

There are about 25 deaths a year from trench accidents across the country, with many of these deaths caused by respiratory failure, broken bones and severe damage to internal organs.

A person buried in 18 inches of soil will have up to 3,000 pounds of force exerted onto their bodies.

The Northern Lights Task Force, a mutual aid agreement with law enforcement agencies across northern Minnesota, strongly encourages protesters to use safe areas to exercise their First Amendment rights.

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Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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